We’re only days away from Labor Day. What better way to spend it than hanging out around the pool eating good food with great friends? Unfortunately, there’s just one little problem with cookouts—picking a menu that everyone will like. Well, Food Network is here to help. Luckily for you, they recently polled Americans on their favorite foods to chow down on at a barbecue.
The Main Course
You can probably guess this one. In the battle between the backyard staples, which would you pick—a hamburger or a hot dog? America apparently prefers the hamburger quite a bit over its slender competitor, garnering half of the votes. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of responders said they would favor the hot dog. In fact, it received a little bit of backlash with 21 percent saying they’re tired of hot dogs showing up at all.
Something on the Side
According to Food Network’s poll, it seems like you don’t have to get too fancy with sides to impress your partygoers. Classic potatoes are still a fan favorite and an easy way to please the majority. Potato salad came in first with one-third of the vote, and potato chips followed close behind to earn the number two spot. If you want to try something different, 13 percent said they enjoy pasta salad or a corn dish, but most people seem to be anti-greens with plain ole salad barely claiming 5 percent of the total.
What’s for Dessert?
No matter what dessert dish is your go-to, consider making it à la mode this time because ice cream claimed first place in the final category with one-third of respondents picking it as their favorite. If you want to kick it up a notch, however, consider breaking out the ice cream maker and getting creative. Making a toppings bar with a number of options is another simple way to keep everyone happy. You just provide the base, and they can customize their bowl however they like!
At the end of the day, Food Network’s pool shows that it’s not that hard to put together a great cookout menu. Of course, you’ll want to check with the people you’re inviting to see if they have any food allergies, but as long as you account for those things, it’s pretty easy to hit a home run. But if you find yourself in a group of friends without a pool around which you can gather and enjoy great food, let us know! You can contact us today to schedule a free in-home estimate and start building the pool of your dreams.